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n. pl. bre·vi·ar·ies Ecclesiastical
A book containing the hymns, offices, and prayers for the canonical hours.
[Middle English breviarie, from Old French breviaire, from Medieval Latin breviārium, from Latin, summary, from brevis, short; see brief.]
n, pl -ries
1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a book of psalms, hymns, prayers, etc, to be recited daily by clerics in major orders and certain members of religious orders as part of the divine office
2. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) a similar book in the Orthodox Church
[C16: from Latin breviārium an abridged version, from breviāre to shorten, from brevis short]
bre•vi•ar•y(ˈbri viˌɛr i, ˈbrɛv i-)
n., pl. -ar•ies.
a book containing the psalms, readings, and prayers to be recited in the divine office.
[1540–50; < Latin breviārium an abridgment =brevi(s) short + -ārium -ary]
Catholicism. a book containing the prayers, lessons, etc., needed by a priest for the reading of his daily office.See also: Books
a book containing the prayers, lessons, etc., needed by a priest for the reading of his daily office.See also: Catholicism
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|Noun||1.||breviary - (Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders|